LOOK FOR: Big revenge in women’s hockey and snowboarding
BEIJING (AP) — It’s a big day for rematches at the Beijing Olympics: the United States takes on Finland in women’s hockey and Max Parrot takes on Mark McMorris in snowboarding.
The United States beat Finland 5-2 to start the tournament, and the teams will face off again in the semifinals, live on USA Network Monday at 8 a.m. EST. Parrot beat McMorris in slopestyle – McMorris challenged judgment – and now they’re competing in the big air again. NBC plans to air this finale live during its late night coverage.
In prime time, NBC will broadcast the women’s downhill live, which could be a great comeback story for defending champion Sofia Goggia of Italy. Additionally, the Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle event featuring Eileen Gu has been postponed due to weather. The final is now set to air live Monday night on USA Network.
Here are some things to watch out for (all times Eastern):
It was a slow start for Finland in the women’s hockey tournament. The 2018 bronze medalists had to open against the United States and Canada and lost those matches by a combined 16-3. The Finns then lost to Switzerland.
Now, however, they enter the semi-finals after a 7-1 rout of Japan.
Although USA Network will broadcast the USA-Finland rematch live, it will also be on that same channel at 3 p.m.
Gu is from the United States and competes for China, where his mother is from. She became one of the stars of the Beijing Games, already winning gold in the big air.
Qualifying for his rescheduled slopestyle event will air on NBC in the afternoon. The first leg of the final is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. USA Network is airing live coverage of the final, and NBC plans to air it during its late-night slot.
After Parrot won gold in slopestyle, McMorris said, “Obviously it would have been nice to have another shade of medal. But knowing that I kind of had the race of the day and one of the best laps of my life and the whole industry knows what happened – pretty, pretty crazy.
McMorris later apologized to Parrot, who said it was no big deal. Both are competing for Canada.
USA Network plans to air the men’s big air qualifier between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. NBC is expected to air the final live during late-night coverage.
NBC will also broadcast the women’s big air final live in prime time.
Mikaela Shiffrin is still looking for her first medal of these Games. The downhill is by no means the strongest test for the American star, if she ends up participating in it.
Goggia has just recovered from a pre-Olympic accident which left her with a sprained left knee, a partially torn cruciate ligament, a fractured fibula in her leg, as well as tendon damage. She still managed to make it to the Beijing Games and participate in training for the downhill.
“For me, the Olympics is everything, the place where you want to be to fulfill your childhood dream,” Goggia said. “There’s no place I’d rather be than here. I don’t care about my condition.
NBC plans to show the men’s team ski jumping competition on the large hill in the afternoon. … The women’s free jumps will air live early in the morning on USA Network, with an encore presentation on NBC in prime time. …USA Network will broadcast the men’s and women’s speed skating team pursuit finals live as part of late-night coverage.
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